A ᴛʜʀᴇᴇ-ʜᴇᴀᴅᴇᴅ calf has recently made headlines as it entered the Guinness World Records for being the only known calf to have ᴛʜʀᴇᴇ ʜᴇᴀᴅs. The animal was born in a farm in the United States, and its unique condition has surprised not only the farm owners but also the scientific community.
The tricephalic red angus cross calf was born around two in the morning on Gordon Willner’s farm west of Davidson. Its weight was 113 pounds. It had been a routine day on the farm during calving season before to the historic event.
The cow was being kept an eye on since she was about to give birth. It became apparent that the birth was not progressing as anticipated as her due date drew near. Concerned, Willner placed his ᴀʀᴍ ɪɴsɪᴅᴇ the cow and felt one ʜᴇᴀᴅ, then another. He asked for ʜᴇʟᴘ, thinking it was a set of twins.
Dr. Olaf Lipro, a big animal veterinary medicine resident at the University of Saskatchewan, responded to the need for help. He got at the location, looked around, and came to the conclusion that there were two ʜᴇᴀᴅs there. After the delivery sᴛᴀʟʟᴇᴅ, he decided to do an s-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ.
After giving the cow a ᴛᴏᴘɪᴄᴀʟ ᴀɴᴇsᴛʜᴇᴛɪᴄ, Lipro performed the procedure as outlined in his textbook.
Finally, the calf became free. He was sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ to see that what he thought was the first of a pair of twin calves was really a ᴛʜʀᴇᴇ-ʜᴇᴀᴅᴇᴅ calf.
“I was very sᴛᴜɴɴᴇᴅ.” Lipro said. He asserted that he has heard of two-ʜᴇᴀᴅᴇᴅ calves giving birth in the past but never a ᴛʜʀᴇᴇ-ʜᴇᴀᴅᴇᴅ calf. He said that his immediate response was to get out his phone and post it on social media.
Then he realized he had to return to his job. To make sure the calf could ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜᴇ, he looked at all three of its ᴀɪʀᴡᴀʏs.
When he managed to get the calf ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜɪɴɢ, he turned his attention to the cow. He ᴄʟᴇᴀɴᴇᴅ it, then sᴛɪᴛᴄʜᴇᴅ her up.
According to Lipro, the calf’s ᴘʀᴏɢɴᴏsɪs is not good. A ᴛᴡᴏ-ʜᴇᴀᴅᴇᴅ calf seldom ever sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇs more than a few days, whereas a ᴛʜʀᴇᴇ-ʜᴇᴀᴅᴇᴅ calf rarely does. Only time will tell, said Lipro. Although a ᴛʜʀᴇᴇ-ʜᴇᴀᴅᴇᴅ calf was born in Illinois in 1893, it’s conceivable that this one is the first ever to exist.
Guinness World Records and Ripley’s Believe It or Not visited Davidson last Monday to confirm the birth of the ᴛʜʀᴇᴇ-ʜᴇᴀᴅᴇᴅ calf. It is without a doubt the most unique calf you will ever see!
The Guinness World Records has recognized the calf as the only known ᴛʜʀᴇᴇ-ʜᴇᴀᴅᴇᴅ calf in the world, making it a unique and special animal. Its condition has sparked scientific interest, and researchers are studying the calf to gain a better understanding of its unique ᴘʜʏsɪᴏʟᴏɢʏ and ᴀɴᴀᴛᴏᴍʏ.
The birth of this ᴛʜʀᴇᴇ-ʜᴇᴀᴅᴇᴅ calf is a reminder of the diversity of life on earth and how each animal is unique in its own way.